There are not many circumstances where a “C” is a mark of greater distinction than an “A,” but hockey is an exception, and the Waterloo Black Hawks announced Thursday that Tim Lappin will wear a “C” on his sweater as he serves as team captain in 2013/14.
“It’s true that Tim is in his third USHL season – and that makes him one of the most experienced players on our team – but more importantly, he plays the game the right way,” said Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. O’Handley. “When Tim is on the ice, we know we can count on him for a key shot block or defensive play and to lead by example.”
Lappin came to Waterloo via a trade with the Tri-City Storm last February. The St. Charles, Illinois native has appeared in 113 USHL regular season games and six postseason contests. Lappin has 13 career goals and 16 assists. He is committed to Brown University.
Dane Cooper and Jake Horton will serve as the Black Hawks’ assistant captains. Cooper – like Lappin – began his career with a different team, the Sioux City Musketeers, before joining the Black Hawks at the beginning of 2012/13. Horton made his debut with the Hawks as an affiliate player in November, 2011, and was the co-winner of the league’s 2012/13 Scholar/Athlete Award.
The Black Hawks’ leadership team will also include three other veterans who will work closely with the captains and coaching staff but not have formal in-game responsibilities. The group includes goaltender Cal Petersen, defenseman Mark Friedman, and forward John Wiitala.
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